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ICD-9 help - pseudomonas aeruginosa

  1. #11
    Duluth, Minnesota
    Medical Coding Books
    yes, I looked away from 041.7 because it's under the Staphylococcus area. 041.85 would work too.
    I enjoy this forum also BUT sometimes can be frustrating because of all of the opinions (often "strong" opinions) out there! We just have to keep that in mind, we all have opinions - keep our minds open and learn from others as well.
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

  2. #12
    Macon, Georgia
    Amen sister!! Open minds are a good thing!!!
    Tammy Held, CPC, CPPM

  3. Smile I just started with an ID doc, and here is what I thought
    Quote Originally Posted by dmaec View Post
    I'd go with ulcer 707.06 and 041.7
    oops, not 041.7
    perhaps 041.9 instead
    I am new to the forum and I am so grateful to see that I am not the only one out there. I just started coding for an ID doc and was looking for some suppost, and was happy to find it!!!
    I think the 041.7 is correct because if you go by the alpha index, that brings you to the Pseudomonas code and the Numeric index backs it up. I would code the Ankle ulcer first. and then the Pseudomonas and then I believe the V code for the med resistance would have been warrented as well.

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    Always look under "infection" in the index. Pseudomonas NEC codes to 041.7. Make sure you read your category headings. You wouldn't use an intestinal infection for an ulcer. Make sure you have physician documentation on the specific infection as you cannot code from labs.

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